Friday, September 04, 2015

Eliot Keller, co-founder and General Manager of Z102.9, KZIA, died on December 28th, 2009 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

In 1974, Eliot Keller unknowingly started what became one of the most prolific local broadcasting careers the radio industry has seen.  With partner Rob Norton, Eliot continually raised the bar as to what it meant to serve the public interest from a little room with a handful of records and a microphone.

If you were lucky enough to know or work with him, the public service side of Eliot Keller was always inspirational.  He was a powerful voice in the radio industry and in the local community he worked so hard to serve.

This public service, important as it is, was never the reason you looked forward to spending time with Eliot.  He always had a knack of making you feel that none of the work was as important as you are.

Knowing that the radio broadcasting industry and our community as a whole has lost a natural leader, we will miss the man.  With one of the most infectious smiles and a giggle that was all Eliot, his warmth as a father, husband, partner, manager and friend will be missed most of all.


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Unfortunately, I did not an opportunity to meet Elliot. When I was just getting serious about radio, KRNA was that cool radio station in the 1970's and 1980's that I always wanted to work at, but simply never got the chance to. There were great people there - Rob and Elliot of course and terrific broadcasters I admired like Bob Stewart, Bart Scott or Mark Vos. The reason the station even existed was because of the vision of Elliot and Rob, and together, they left a station that was so great back in those days. Elliot and Rob continued their success with KZIA and while I never did get that chance to meet or work with Elliot, his excellence for broadcasting continues with the remarkable things KZIA continues to do today and will continue to do into the future. He will surely be greatly missed.

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